Foal Education - Maserati conquers his fear of water [Slideshow]
Every rider knows it: the horses fear of water puddles. Some horses really freak out at the sight of the shiny, reflecting and wet surfaces. No way to get them to cross it. Sometimes it is even asked too much to put one foot into it. Come on, it's just a puddle!
If you see it from the horse’s perspective, the issue becomes a bit more apparent: Horses don’t know that it´s just 10 cm deep. It could as well be an endless hole. And it could be the home of a horse-eating crocodile!
It happened to me once on an endurance ride that my horse Touareg absolutely refused to cross a little harmless river. It took me 30 min to convince him to cross it, which resulted in getting disqualified for taking too much time. It was not fun at all—and a good lesson for me
How can I prepare my young horses that they won’t be afraid of water later?
We had a lot of rain during the last weeks. A huge puddle, actually more of a little lake, built in my horse’s field. I jumped at the opportunity to show my two youngsters Maserati and Tara that water is fun.
Young horses learn easily by imitating their older friends. I took Mayana, their older sister, to be their role model.
Tara was very playful about it and even lay down in it! Maserati, who is one year younger, attentively observed his two sisters. He was a little more shy in the beginning, but eventually got confident to go into the water as well.
Click through the pictures to join Tara and Maserati in their water games!
Maserati and Tara are following their sister Mayana. They already know that something interesting is going to happen.
Mayana is the perfect role model as she obviously enjoys the game. Tara followed her straight away into the water. Maserati prefers to keep his feet on dry ground.
He is watching the two girls and their game with big interest. Maybe it would be fun to join?
Slowly foot by foot Maserati is testing the water to join his sisters. In the meantime, Tara is making bubbles.
Now he looks a lot more confident about it!
Tara is having lots of fun! But it looks as if she had another idea….
What is she doing? Maserati is clearly surprised by Tara’s strange ideas!
A mud bath! Maserati can’t believe his eyes. It must be cold though….
Tara got back up on her feet real fast, she would prefer warm water!
It was fun and entertaining, not just for the horses!
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